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June 9, 2015

NEENAH, Wis. - The company known for global brands like Kleenex and Huggies is applying for entry into the state's flagship program on environmental performance.

Kimberly-Clark's Cold Spring and Nonwovens facilities in Neenah are up for public comment on the company's applications for Wisconsin's Green Tier program.

Kimberly-Clark is applying for Tier 1 of Green Tier, which is designed to encourage, recognize and reward companies that are committed to superior environmental performance. To be accepted into the program, applicants must have a good environmental record and must have or commit to implementing an Environmental Management System.

The Department of Natural Resources will accept public comments on Kimberly-Clark's Green Tier applications through July 8, 2015. Comments may be directed to Laurel Sukup, Wisconsin DNR, OB/7, PO BOX 7921, Madison, WI 53707, by email to , or by calling 608-267-6817.

Kimberly-Clark brands, including Kleenex, Scott, Poise and Huggies, are distributed in more than 175 countries. Kimberly-Clark's global sustainability program guides the development of environmental objectives, identifies areas of continuous improvement and helps set targets for its facilities and offices around the world.

The Neenah Cold Spring Facility produces Depend, Kotex and Poise products. The Neenah Nonwovens Facility produces nonwoven fabrics that can be found in many of Kimberly-Clark's adult care, baby and child care and feminine care products.

Both Neenah facilities identified continual training of employees on their roles in several areas: maintaining their facility's environmental compliance, reducing energy consumption, minimizing waste as well as maintaining compliance with their respective policy statements and Environmental Management Systems.

Kimberly-Clark's facilities have already taken a number of actions to improve their environmental performance.

  1. Neenah Cold Spring Facility recycles 97 percent of their manufacturing waste, including(product cut outs, cardboard, poly-wrap, packaging materials and scrap wood products, and 100 percent of their universal waste, including lamps, bulbs, batteries, used oil, anti-freeze and scrap metal waste.
  2. Kimberly-Clark's Nonwovens sector is unique in that all manufacturing waste is recyclable. Neenah Nonwoven Facility's waste to landfill is typically less than 0.05 percent annually, and its Universal Waste is 100 percent recycled. In 2015, the Neenah Nonwoven Facility removed all obsolete roof chillers to improve the facility's energy efficiency. On June 3, 2015, the Neenah Nonwoven Facility team celebrated 10 years injury free.

More details about the Kimberly-Clark Green Tier applications for the Neenah Cold Spring Facility and the Neenah Nonwovens Facility are available on the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurel Sukup, 608-267-6817.

Last Revised: Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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